I came across a saying recently: “God is preparing you for what He has prepared for you.” I found this to be very thought provoking. I thought back to the last few years where I have been hunting for a permanent full-time job. My search began with the staffing agency I worked with part time. I let them know I was open to a permanent position. I was working a transcription job from home that didn’t pay well. I was also deeply unhappy, miserable actually, about other things related to that job. Almost 2 years ago, I started a temp assignment that turned into nearly 6 months but did not result in a permanent position. I left my transcription job behind and went to exclusively doing temp assignments while continuing to look for that elusive full-time permanent position. It was a very frustrating and discouraging experience. Not only had things drastically changed in the job market, the interview process, and how you presented your resume, but the business world’s corporate mentality had changed as well. It was an entirely different world, and I had to relearn a lot. I was also keenly aware that I have a very unique set of skills that, while impressive on paper, may not exactly fit into a company’s idea of what they are looking for.
I had a series of assignments that were kind of strange, to say the least. My supervisor at a printing company wasn’t very nice to me. Another job I had was a part-time accounting clerk. I had never done that type of work, and it took me a while to learn. The 80-year old lady who trained me wasn’t always very patient and was pretty set in her ways. Being very intelligent, however, I finally got the hang of it, and I grew to love the people there. Unfortunately, it became apparent this wasn’t going to work for my husband and me, financially, long-term. I was very disappointed and sad. I then began a temp-to-perm with a different staffing agency. The client didn’t make the time to properly train me, asked permission to cuss in front of me (which I didn’t give them), and then lied to the staffing agency stating I ‘didn’t learn fast enough.’ What’s next, I wondered. At that point, I just wasn’t in a good place emotionally. I was very discouraged and even a bit angry. What was with these companies, and what is God up to anyway? What did He have in mind for me?
The staffing agency then found me the job I am currently in, which began in June of this year. I worked as a temp until recently when the company offered me a permanent position. I am working as an administrative assistant. I am using new software and doing some things I had learned to do years ago, but so many of the processes have changed.
Looking back on all this, and thinking of the statement at the beginning of this post about God’s preparation, I was able to look back and see how God was preparing me for my current position. I now do some projects for the accounting area where that previous experience has come in handy. I could go on and on. It seems that this position has encompassed so many of the skills I have learned over my lifetime. It’s so nice to be wanted, accepted, and appreciated, and this hasn’t happened much over the last several years.
I will leave you with this: For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope (Jeremiah 29:11 NRSV).
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